Lester Menke, American politician, Died at 97

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Lester D. Menke was born on December 16, 1918, and died on March 5, 2016.

Menke was a state Representative from the Iowa’s 5th and 7th Districts.

Lester Menke served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1973 to 1985, serving as Speaker pro-Tempore from 1981 to 1985.

Following that, he served in the Iowa House, Menke served as a liaison between Governor Terry Branstad and the legislature for two years.

He had gained his B.A. from Morningside College, where he later served as a member of the board of directors and attended The University of Iowa College of Law for one year.

Lester Menke worked as a farm owner and for an insurance agency.

Lester Menke served on many school boards and served as president of the Iowa Association of School Boards and State Board of Public Instruction and as director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, as well as serving on the Iowa Educational Radio and Television Facilities Board.

Lester Menke received Morningside College’s Distinguished Alumni award in 1975.

Lester Menke passed away at 97 yrs old.

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